Marian Hossa came back to haunt the Red Wings again.
The former Detroit forward ripped a slapshot past goalie Joey MacDonald 51 seconds into overtime to help the Chicago Blackhawks take a 3-2 win in Detroit. Hossa spurned the Red Wings before last season to sign with the Blackhawks, where he helped Chicago to its first Stanley Cup in 49 years.
Hossa’s goal came on a 4-on-3 power play after Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg was called for hooking Patrick Kane with three seconds left in regulation. It may have actually saved a point for the Red Wings, as Kane would have had a clear shot at a regulation winner if not for the contact.
Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook sandwiched goals around a Nicklas Lidstrom tally in the first period for the Blackhawks, who moved into seventh place in the Western Conference. If the playoffs started today, Detroit and Chicago would meet in the first round.
Zetterberg evened the score at 2-2 a little over two minutes into the third period, banking a shot off a Chicago player and past goaltender Corey Crawford.
The Red Wings played most of the game with only 11 forwards after Todd Bertuzzi was ejected for elbowing Ryan Johnson five minutes into the game. Bertuzzi backed into Johnson on a check, catching the Chicago forward with his right elbow. Bertuzzi was given a five minute major and a game misconduct. The play will likely be further reviewed by the league and could result in a suspension.